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ABB launches first 150-350 kW high power charger

ABB will introduce its new Terra HP High Power Charge system—the Terra HP, the first 150-350 kW product on the market—at EVS30 in Stuttgart. Ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and filling stations, Terra HP’s ultra-high current has the capacity to charge both 400 V and 800 V cars at full power.

The 375 A output single power cabinet can charge a 400 V car at full 150 kW continuously. The addition of Dynamic DC power sharing technology allows a two-power cabinet charging system to charge a couple of EVs simultaneously, with up to 350 kW and 500 A, while dynamically optimizing the available grid connection and the power delivery to the two vehicles.

ABB Terra HP Dynamic DC

We are committed to supporting the expansion of electric vehicle charging systems across the globe to drive cleaner environments. Creating innovative state-of-the-art and energy efficient solutions which are scalable to expand and flex with our customers’ needs is at the heart of ABB’s philosophy.

—Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging

Additional power cabinets and charge posts can be added after installation, delivering a cost-effective and future-proof solution for expandable charge points that can grow as the EV base grows.

To further improve performance, Terra HP delivers the highest uptime due to redundancy on power and communication, and individually cooled charging cables. Having proven its paces in numerous commercial electric bus field installations, the power cabinet is also extremely reliable.

For charging operators, Terra HP provides the additional benefit of ABB Ability Connected Services, which deliver enhanced functionality, including the ability to easily connect chargers to back offices, payment platforms or smart grids systems. Remote diagnostics, repair and over-the-air software updates minimize downtime and keep running costs low.

Terra HP delivers a number of additional benefits for consumers, including an intuitive, easy to use touchscreen display and multiple payment options. ABB has provided charging solutions as part of its drive to promote sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 6,000 cloud-connected DC fast-chargers around the world for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.


Patrick Free

500 AMPs....That is a lot !!! So far Porsche was teasing 350KW at 800V, headding to 437.5 AMPs that was already a great challenge for cable cooling... In the CCS standard they were pushing to 1000V that could have made 350KW with only 350 Amps that was even easier to cool. 500 Amps I had never heared about it... May be a peak statement or .... ?


Improved cooled cables at 500+ Amps is a strong possibility but it is doable.


Think of it like this: moderate motorway driving consumes about 15 Kw.
Thus, 150Kw charging is 10x charging, 350 Kw is 23x.
Similarly, 3Kw charging is 1/5 charging, and will take 8 hours to fully charge a 24 KwH battery.

(A petrol pump can pump 50 L/minute, petrol contains 34 MJ / L or 1700 MJ/minute or ~ 28 MJ/second, or 28 MW.
If we assume that an EV is 3x more efficient than a gas car, we can drop the effective power to 9.3 Mw, which is ~60 times faster than a 150 KW charger.)

And that is one reason why we still have ICE cars.

Thomas Pedersen

When I'm pumping diesel, I have to stand there waiting in the 45° rain, because too many people were stupid enough to disconnect the nozzle before they drove off.

With electrical 'fueling', I expect I can get back in the car and play games on my phone for 5-10 minutes, or go to the store, while leaving the car unattended, so I can drive 100-230 minutes more.

Huge improvement!

Sheldon Harrison

A 350 KW charger will NOT allow you to go 230 minutes of travel for 10 minutes of charging under real world, typical conditions, especially at the low ambient air temperatures that you describe . At best, a 100 KWH battery would be able to be fully charged in about 20 minutes and it would allow you at the Interstate limit + 5-10 mph speeds that is typical of travel, about 240 minutes of driving. 5 - 10 minutes of charging gives you between 30 and 70 KWH and this is most definitely not 230 minutes of travel at 75+ mph.

I will keep my diesel thank you, that allows 10+ hours of driving for 5 minutes of refueling assuming a realized real range of more than 600 miles per tank at Interstate speeds. I also don't have to "find" something to do like "play games
on my phone" or "go to the store" while I refuel because the downtime is low enough that it is not a factor. Believe it or not, many folks don't particularly enjoy "going to the store" and would rather be on their way.


Temporarily re-arranging the battery packs into two high voltage groups and using two charging cables/plugs/facilties, future extended range BEVs, equipped with quick charge batteries, could be re-charged under 10 minutes?

Those extended range BEVs could closely match current ICEVs.

That is a strong possibility by 2020/2022!


Lets check the assumptions:
15Kw driving power - this is for about 60mph in a saloon car on the level.
100 kwH battery, could be charged in say 20 minutes, could drive for say 6.7 hours @15 Kw (but this is very slow for motorway driving).
A 50 KwH battery could be charged in 10 minutes (assuming it was linear), but you could then drive for only 3.33 hours @ 15 Kw.

The key to "hours driving" and range is the driving speed. If we take the power required to drive at a given speed as proportional to the cube of the speed, we find that the power for 75 mph is nearly double that at 60 mph, so we can only drive 1/2 as many minutes.

Thus, approx 1.67 hours at 75 mph for a 10 minute charge on a 50 KwH battery.

The problem is that if you were doing a long run, you would probably want to go more than 60 mph, and your economy would suffer greatly.


Future (3X to 5X) batteries with 10 minutes ultra quick charge will/may solve current problems with extended range BEVs.

It will probably happen by 2030 or so but may be a bit too costly?

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